Closing Opening Ceremony, Gaultier bows out, Telfar x Gap and more of the news you missed

Opening Ceremony is Closing
Another famed retailer, unfortunately, bites the dust. Acquired earlier this week by New Guards Group, it was finally revealed by cofounders Carol Lim & Humberto Leon that while the brand will continue to live on they will be closing their 4 store locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo in 2020. Open since 2002 and known for championing emerging and established global designer talent, the brand took to social channels saying, “…, we still believe in the power of passionate and unique retail. But we also believe in the necessity for change, reflection and an opportunity to refresh. This is a moment of transition for Opening Ceremony and, together with our new partners, we are taking the chance to step back and evaluate the future of our Opening Ceremony retail experience.” [WWD]

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Next Fashion Show Will Be His Last
In what will be his last bow on the runway, Jean Paul Gaultier announced today that he will no longer be designing collections after his couture show next Wednesday. The French designer who has been creating for 50 years seemed to be in chipper spirits as he took to social media to make the announcement. WWD reports that despite no longer showing, “Gaultier Paris will go on,” however no word on if a successor will be named.

Glenda Bailey Steps Down at Harper’s Bazaar
After 19 years, editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey is stepping down from her position at Harper’s Bazaar and into a new role as global consultant for the fashion title’s 29 global editions. Effective March 1st, she will preside over a Harper’s Bazaar exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris on Feb. 28 before departing. Her new position will see her developing partnerships with fashion and beauty marketers and also producing two special reports each year. [WWD]

Katie Grand Makes Ben Cobb Co-Editor-in-Chief at LOVE

Another Man Magazine’s former editor-in-chief, Ben Cobb, has joined the Love Magazine team as co-editor-in-chief alongside Katie Grand, as reported by BOF. Cobb will tackle menswear at the publication. “Biannuals are so big now that you can’t have just one opinion anymore,” Katie Grand said in the announcement. [BOF]

Co-CEOs Announced at Karla Otto
Alexander Werz and Isabelle Chouvet have been named co-CEOs at Karla Otto, while Otto herself will become chairwoman. Chouvet is the chief executive at Karla Otto’s holding company The Independents. [BOF]

There is a Telfar and Gap Collaboration
The beloved, buzzy and often unisex brand, founded by Telfar Clemens, Telfar, announced its collaboration with Gap, reported Vogue. “If you look at the first two seasons Telfar and I did together, it is Gap. The Gap customer was supposed to be everybody, literally anybody,” said the young label’s artistic director, Babak Radboy. The collection will debut sometime in 2020. [Vogue]

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